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 02-03-2007, 02:41 PM         #776
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Coaching Players For Life

By George F. Will
Sunday, February 4, 2007; Page B07

MIAMI -- Occasionally -- very occasionally -- a football person says something that punctures the fog of George Patton-style rhetoric that football people emit. Before a Super Bowl in the 1970s (the MCMLXXs, for those of you in a Super Bowl frame of mind), Dallas Cowboys running back Duane Thomas asked a subversive question about the game: "If it's the ultimate, how come they're playing it again next year?"

But most football people, and especially football coaches, are of the "Football Is Not a Matter of Life and death -- It's More Important Than That" school of thought. However, when Randy Shannon, recently named head coach of the University of Miami Hurricanes, says that football can be a matter of life and death, that is not hyperbole, it is autobiography.

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Shannon, 40, grew up in Miami's Liberty City, which is what sociologists and other refined thinkers call a challenging urban environment. Shannon was 3 when his father was murdered by one of his friends. "They had an argument," Shannon says matter-of-factly. Two of Shannon's brothers and a sister died, from cocaine and AIDS. By age 16, Shannon was a father. He could easily have been on a path to a prison or a cemetery. Instead, because of football, he went to the University of Miami and became the first member of his family to earn a college degree.

After a brief NFL career with the Cowboys, he went into coaching, and now he is hopscotching around the country recruiting high school seniors, many of whom think college football is a certain path to the NFL. "That," says Shannon, "is the mentality that has to change." Fewer than 2 percent of even Division I college football players will have NFL careers, and most of those who do will be out of the game by the time they are 30 -- the average NFL career lasts less than four years.

The Post's Amy Shipley reports that the University of Miami has more players -- 42 -- on NFL rosters than any other school. Miami's main rival -- the Florida State Seminoles (a T-shirt favored by Miami students reads: "I think, therefore I am not a 'Nole") -- is second with 41. The University of Florida ranks seventh with 35. But in the past 10 years, those three teams have had, combined, more than 1,000 players, all of them exceptional athletes but most of them not of NFL caliber. Which is why Shannon says that when visiting the home of a potential recruit, "I talk to the parents about everything but football."

On a recent day, Shannon was in the Palm Beach area recruiting a wide receiver and then was off to Omaha to make sure that a very large lineman was still eager to be a Hurricane.

Because South Florida is the incubator of so much high school talent (skill positions, Shannon says; for linemen, look to the Midwest, hence the Nebraska trip), during the off-season many NFL players come home to train at the University of Miami's facilities. Shannon says his players "see the fancy cars, the gold chains," so as he takes over Miami's football program, he plans to "come in with a stern attitude."

Stern adults got Shannon to the peak of his profession at age 40. A fourth-grade teacher told him, "You're very smart -- don't let anyone tell you different." A fifth-grade teacher, disapproving his choice of clothes one day, said, "Don't ever come to school like that again." When he was in junior high school, his football coach took the team to play a team in a juvenile detention center, a sobering experience.

Shannon's rules for his players include: If you miss a class, you don't start the next game. Fall below a certain grade-point average, you can't set foot off campus. A conservatively dressed man, with the elegant hands of a surgeon or pianist, Shannon wants his players to learn "how to respect life," so when "they leave the university and the football program, they will go with confidence." They will go, all of them, having taken a public speaking course.

Duffy Daugherty, who coached Michigan State from 1954 through 1972, was an aphorist ("Football is not a contact sport, it's a collision sport. Dancing is a contact sport.") and a realist. Because of alumni demands for football perfection, Daugherty said: "A football coach's main problem is that he is responsible to irresponsible people." Shannon, who like 80 percent of his players is African American, feels responsible to, and for, them.


 02-04-2007, 11:53 AM         #777
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Memphis (TN) University School OL Tyler Horn committed to coach Randy Shannon earlier this morning following an official visit to Miami.

"After 10 minutes at Miami I knew this was where I wanted to go," Horn said. "It was that `it' factor, that feel.

"I'm glad Miami liked me. It's a prime-time school."

Horn recounted how he told Shannon he was coming to UM: "My parents were there, we had a conversation. I said everything except `I commit.' Then I just said, `I'm going to come here.' He said `That's great.' We talked about different aspects of football, redshirting, the two-a-day stuff. He said `Don't overwork yourself right now, enjoy your senior year in high school.'"

Horn spent a lot of time with new line coach Jeff Stoutland on the visit.

"I like him a lot," said Horn, a 6-foot-5, 290-pounder. "He knows his stuff. I played tackle in high school but he wants me at center. I'm only 17, could grow another two inches before two-a-days. I've been the backup center the last two years and was center my sophomore year (coming off the bench). I did fine at center."

Horn said he spent a lot of time with fellow commitments Orlando Franklin and Harland Gunn on the visit.

"We got along real well, which is good because we'll be a close-knit group," Horn said.

His host was Matt Pipho.

"He was great -- they couldn't have picked a better host," Horn said.

Of his goals at Miami, Horn said, "It's a cliche, but to be the best player I can, to help the team out any way possible. It's an honor to be part of the Miami Hurricanes football team."

Horn did not have any major offers this recruiting season other than a late offer from Miami.

Why was he so lightly recruited?

There are a few possibilities.

University School coach Bobby Alston says the fact that Horn only weighed 250 pounds as a junior made schools overlook him.

Horn gained 40 pounds before his senior year, but then didn't have a chance to show his newfound body off to colleges.

"In the summer I went to the Arkansas Camp and broke my hand, so I couldn't go to any more camps," Horn said. "During the season I was being recruited by Louisville a little bit. But Miami is the best school that has been interested in me."

Memphis University School plays a difficult schedule that includes Brentwood Academy, which has supplied more players to SEC schools than any other school in the nation.

"Our league has had some outstanding players have come through and have done well in college," Alston said. "That's why we were so surprised the SEC guys missed the boat on Tyler.

"We feel like he's a guy that has a tremendous upside that people have missed out on a bunch. The first person who I think really realized it was coach [Mario] Cristobal. When coach [Jeff] Stoutland came by and saw him on tape he went away with the same impression as Cristobal. This is a young kid, only 17, and he is 6-5, 290, is very athletic, has good feet. We never could figure out how he was missing out [on getting recruited by major college programs]."

Horn started on his school's state championship team as a junior and played significantly when the team won the title his sophomore year.

He was voted the team's MVP after this season.

"He's the only offensive lineman I've ever had who, when the offensive team voted on MVP, he was almost a unanimous selection," Alston said. "That shows how important he was to us."

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Hoover (AL) High School DT Kerry Murphy was an Alabama commitment before taking a visit to Miami this weekend.


Now he says a different school has the lead.

"It's at least 60-40 Miami," Murphy said. "The visit went outstanding, great."

Murphy says he's announcing a final decision at a press conference Tuesday afternoon. It's tentatively scheduled for 1 p.m.

He is choosing between UM and Alabama.

Asked if Miami has a decent chance of landing him at that press conference, Murphy said, "Hell, yeah. I enjoyed myself so much down there. I like everything there. It's working with NFL players in the summer, a lot of exposure (to pros) in the summer, especially at a position like defensive tackle."

Murphy was hosted by Joe Joseph.

Murphy says he met with coach Randy Shannon last night.

"He was talking to me about wherever I want to go, to go there," Murphy said. "He isn't trying to push me like all these other people are. He's just being straight up with me -- `Go where you want to go.'"

Murphy doesn't deny that he expressed to other recruits on the visit that he planned on being a Hurricane.

"There was one time I was like `Oh man, I've got to come down here,'" Murphy said.

But he says it's not a done deal.

Murphy says he won't be consulting anyone as he seeks to nail down a final decision.

"I'm not going to talk to anybody because Alabama is so close and Miami is so far, so it won't be balanced out," he said. "I'll just reflect on my visits."

If it's based solely on visits, the Canes will win out.

"I'd say the Miami visit was better because it's in Florida, in a different state, which I like," Murphy said. "I'd say the best highlight was, it's strange, but the film and just learning that they run the same stuff that we run [on defense]. Coach [Clint]Hurtt told me I already know 80 percent of what they're going to do.

"I talked with coach Hurtt a lot when I was down there. He wrapped things up. I was watching film with him. Coaches said I can come in there and, if I bust my tail, which I have no other choice but to do, that I can play in there with the other guys [and get early playing time]."

* Murphy said he enjoyed a sneak peek at Miami's new uniforms along with the other recruits.

"I've got a picture of it on my phone," he said. "They look good. At Hoover we have the same design as theirs, but now they have the stripe coming up over the chest. It's hard to explain."

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wow kerry murphy is a huge pick up if he does switch from alabama
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lmao nick saban must hate shannon right now

 02-04-2007, 12:25 PM         #780
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Little Rock (AR) Central High School athlete Charles Clay can do it all.


He projects as anything from a running back to defensive lineman, linebacker or even strong safety at the next level.

Clay says the Hurricanes see him starting out at linebacker, and this talented 6-foot-3, 222-pounder with 4.55-second speed took an official visit to Coral Gables this weekend.

"Miami started recruiting me last week," said Clay, who was originally supposed to visit Tulsa this weekend. "Coach (Tim) Walton, I'd talked to him a long time ago, but they said they'd just got my highlight tape in and wanted me to visit."

Clay received a Cane offer last Wednesday.

The only other schools that have offered are Tulsa, Arkansas, Arkansas State and University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

While Clay says his UM visit "went real well," he says he did not commit.

"As of now Miami is my favorite, not by a lot, but by a little bit," Clay said. "My parents want me to stay closer to home, but they want me to go where I'll get a good education. My dad didn't get to go on the visit with me, so we have to talk it over.

"I probably won't decide today –- it'll be Monday or Tuesday. I still have to talk to my parents about it."

Clay's father was the starting tight end for Arkansas in the 1970's, which gives Clay a link to that school.

Clay says the Cane visit gives UM a good shot.

"My favorite part was getting to see the city and spend time with the players," Clay said. "My host was Spencer Adkins -– he was real cool. We got along real well.

"When I met with coach [Randy] Shannon yesterday he was just saying they wanted me there and to take my time making a decision, that he didn't want to rush me. Coach Shannon said he likes the fact I can play a lot of positions, that I'm an athlete and have good feet."

Clay flew under the radar of many major programs because he didn't begin playing high school ball until his junior year.

"I made him come out for the football team that year," a.ssistant coach Clarence Finley said. "I played high school ball with his dad. His mother wanted him to concentrate on his grades, so he didn't play until his junior year -- he was a great tailback in the youth leagues.

"We finally convinced him to come out his junior year. He plays running back and tight end for us and a little defensive back. He's going to be a steal for someone. He's a big, strong kid."

Clay finished his senior year with over 800 rushing yards and 200 receiving yards despite missing three games due to a separated shoulder.

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Dallas (TX) Madison High School RB Shawnbrey McNeal committed to Miami without ever seeing the campus.


Now he's seen it: He took an official visit this past weekend.

But it didn't exactly start smoothly: He fell asleep at his departure gate for the 7:30 a.m. flight to Miami on Friday (his brother and father had gone on a separate flight).

McNeal woke up after his flight left.

He went standby on a later flight.

"I still got in at 1 in the afternoon," McNeal said.

Once he got to UM everything was perfect.

"The visit went great," he said. "I liked seeing the ocean -– I'd never seen the ocean before. I just liked the atmosphere, basically.

"I loved it."

McNeal met with coach Randy Shannon last night.

"I lost my grandmother this week, so we were talking about that," McNeal said. "I was real close with her.

"And we also talked about how they're rebuilding the program, things like that."

McNeal roomed with fellow commitment Jared Campbell.

"We were just hanging out," he said. "All of the recruits were hanging out together. I was trying to get them to come to Miami. Some said yes, some said they don't know yet."

McNeal said he is optimistic based on his conversations with Tyler Horn and Kerry Murphy that they will be Hurricanes.

CaneSport.com will try to catch up with both players later today, so stay tuned.

McNeal spoke more about the weekend:

"When I got in we ate lunch, I made it around the campus with my host, Chavez Grant," he said. "We just hung out, had some fun. We went around the area, that's about it.

"Saturday we met with the coaches, went to South Beach, went out with our hosts again, walked around the town and the little spots and had fun.

"On Saturday I met with the receivers coach [Marquis Mosely]. He was just talking football. The quarterback Cannon Smith was in that meeting also."

* McNeal confirmed what was already speculated: That Brandon Paul and Martell Webb did not take their visits as had been planned.

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 02-04-2007, 03:32 PM         #783
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Aurora (Col.) Overland High School DB Jared Campbell is back from his Miami official visit.


"The visit, I loved it -- it was great," he said.

Not surprisingly, his brother Calais was his host.

"It was fun," Jared said. "He showed me around a little bit, I met a lot of his friends. We went to South Beach, Coconut Grove, downtown. Calais took me around the city area so I could see both sides of Miami."

Campbell said simply being in Miami was the main highlight.

"I really liked the university, the look of it," he said. "It's tropical."

He says it's a done deal that he will be signing with Miami on Wednesday.

Campbell met with coach Randy Shannon last night.

"It was good," Campbell said. "We talked a little. I met with the position coach, too, coach [Tim] Walton. I was talking to him about the defense they run and what kind of strategies they use."

Campbell currently weighs 195 pounds.

So will he be a cornerback or safety at UM?

"Coach Shannon said I could play cornerback or safety," Campbell said. "I'll try out cornerback first."

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in other news

ra's moms is a solid commit to my d*ck

she had an official visit last night

se gave me a soft... nah, a LOUD verbal on that sh*t

 02-04-2007, 03:39 PM         #785
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In other news, though reports by the GNN (Gay News Network aka Deuce) My mother was quoted as saying she had no interesting in committing to such a small "school".

 02-04-2007, 03:40 PM         #786
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In other news, though reports by the GNN (Gay News Network aka Deuce) My mother was quoted as saying she had no interesting in committing to such a small "school".

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 Black_Deuce said
in other news

ra's moms is a solid commit to my d*ck

she had an official visit last night

se gave me a soft... nah, a LOUD verbal on that sh*t
 RakimAllahNY said
In other news, though reports by the GNN (Gay News Network aka Deuce) My mother was quoted as saying she had no interesting in committing to such a small "school".

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Hell nawwwwww^^^ hahahahhahahahahaha y'all n*ggaz is fools

 02-04-2007, 07:20 PM         #789
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Small School but a big athletic program


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The recruitment of Homestead High School DB Joseph Nicolas keeps getting more and more interesting.


Last week he told CaneSport.com that he had Rutgers in the lead 60-40.

The newest information?

"It's 50-50," Nicolas said. "I'm going over things."

What gave the Canes that extra 10 percent?

"Nothing much –- just talking to coach [Greg] Schiano, he'd come over here, so that gave them the little lead [at the time]."

Nicolas says he "really doesn't know" where he'll be attending college.

He says coaches at both schools may think he's going there right now.

But he says he may not know until Tuesday night or Wednesday for sure.

"That's when I'll call and let the coaches know," he said.

He spoke more about each school:

Of Rutgers, Nicolas said, "I like the environment and the people on the team and the accomplishments they made this year."

Of UM, he says, "I like the people they get to the NFL and the family atmosphere. And the education, the fact that it's a private school."

Nicolas last spoke with Cane coaches last Thursday.

"I talked to Tim Walton," Nicolas said. "He was giving letter-of-intent instructions the same as Rutgers did."

What will go through Nicolas' head as he tries to make a decision leading up to signing day?

"Just the facts about each school," he said. "I'm deciding all by myself."

He says he's "not nervous about it at all" about making his final choice.

Nicolas already has the letters-of-intent from both schools at his house.

"They're in my room on the table," he says.

What happens if a crazed Cane fan/friend of his tries to snatch the Rutgers papers the night before signing day?

That's about the only thing Nicolas is sure of -- "That's not going to happen," he says with a laugh.

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^^^thats who the wideouts comin in need to aspire to be like...work hard and you'll be playin in superbowls

 02-04-2007, 09:43 PM         #793
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NFL U was all over the superbowl

First Touchdown of the day on the kickoff

and another touchdown was peytons only on the day

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this weekend was all about the UUUUUUUUUU


michael irvin getting inducted into the HOF

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the UUUUUUUUUUUUU

 02-05-2007, 10:30 AM         #795
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The 2006-07 recruiting season is down to its final 48 hours, and that is always a very dangerous time.

Even though it's the dead period, coaches are allowed to work the telephones on an unlimited basis and you can only imagine the degree of negative recruiting which takes place.

It's called the Fog of War by many for a reason. The idea is to confuse a player you might be losing as best that you can and hope that he turns back in your direction by Wednesday.

Deonte Thompson is one kid caught up in it right now. FSU took its usual pull-out-all-the-stops run at him this past weekend and may have joined the existing Miami / Florida race. Nobody has any idea where Thompson will end up, but I do not believe Miami is the odds-on favorite right now. This will be an ongoing battle for Randy Shannon and his staff.

Miami has a nice recruiting class without Thompson. It becomes a great class with him.

Here's my analysis.


Quarterback: The commitment of Robert Marve was huge for the Hurricanes. It gives Shannon a young quarterback to groom and maybe even inject into this year's competition if neither Kyle Wright or Kirby Freeman steps up and proves they can be winning quarterbacks. There are no guarantees that Marve will develop into as great a player as many think he will be. But he is the best prospect at this position to commit to Miami since Wright, who came as the top-rated passer in America. I like him a lot better as a prospect than Nick Fanuzzi. I am not putting a lot of stock in the weekend visit of Cannon Smith. I hear he is headed to prep school.

Running Backs: Miami is on the cusp of having the best running back class in America and now is back to being seriously stocked at the position like it was in the James, McGahee, Portis days. Javarris James is entering his sophomore year and already has been joined by Graig Cooper, who already is in classes on campus and wowing everybody with his workouts. A guy I really like is Shawnbrey McNeal and I think he is going to be one of the gems of this recruiting class as an offensive playmaker. I would not be stunned if he ends up being used a lot as a slot receiver. This late pickup from the Texas A&M commit list has a lot of speed and is a guy who will command the ball. And now signing day is also likely to bring a commitment/signing by Lee Chambers from Missisippi, a guy who I think is a phenomenal player. Miami has really upgraded itself at the running back position.


The Canes would get a big coup in Deonte Thompson
Receivers: Let's be honest. If UM doesn't land Belle Glade's Deonte Thompson it will be a big disappointment. He is a big key to the receiving corps of this class. The word on the street through recruiting was that Thompson and Major Wright wanted to go to school together, and Wright committed to Florida last week. But Thompson has not committed yet, which is a good sign for Miami because it means the Hurricanes still have a chance. The tricky thing is that FSU has entered the fray and Glades coach Willie Snead is a former Gator and big Florida proponent. So Miami has some hurdles to overcome. Kayne Farquharson talks a big game and just might have the skills to back up his bravado. Leonard Hankerson is a quality guy from Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas who reportedly still has some work to do in the classroom but who I still expect to see show up in the recruiting class. I agree that there is some reason to be a bit skeptical on South Carolina product Daniel Adderley. The recruiting gurus only give him at two stars and he wasn't even being recruited by in-state Steve Spurrier. But obviously Miami coaches see something that others don't, and he is a big receiver who might possibly grow into a tight end one day. Hey, Kellen Winslow didn't look so great as a receiver when he was a true freshman. Jermaine McKenzie was a great get from the commitment list of Alabama. Just turn on this guy's videotape and you will see that he can flat-out play. I will be surprised if this Bradenton product doesn't play as a true freshman. There also is a pending decision from Birmingham's Marquis Maze, but I still would be really shocked if Miami ends up winning his services.

Tight end: There isn't a known guy on the board.


Harland Gunn has stuck by the Canes through the ups and downs of the last year
Offensive Line: Orlando Franklin and Harland Gunn appear to be solid commitments. Miami also got a commitment this past weekend from Tyler Horn, a 6-4, 290-pounder from Memphis. It appears Horn will get a shot at playing center. He is a sleeper prospect that not much is known about, but Miami has turned guys like this into players in the past. He might be a bit of a reach at this level, but there are not a lot of offensive linemen out there to choose from and Miami badly needed a third prospect in this class.

Defensive line: This position is probably the most disappointing in recruiting this year. Thank God the Canes were able to get Texas product Chris Perry back in the fold at defensive tackle. Miami has a real good shot to get Alabama prospect Kerry Murphy, but it is not believed that he will be a factor this year. Murphy is likely headed for prep school. If he comes back in a year, it will be a bonus as next year there are a ton of good Florida prospects. Adewale Ojomo is a speed rushing defensive end from Hialeah who has been a solid commit throughout the recruiting process.

Linebacker: Here lies the position with the most drama as we head into the final days of recruiting. Miami has no commits here yet. Jacksonville product Brandon Hicks is believed to be heading to Florida, but sources in Jacksonville tell me that his publicly announced decision was real close and could sway over the next two days. Georgia product Allen Bailey will announce any minute between Miami and Florida and I think there is a great chance Miami wins here.


The Canes continue to wait on Bailey's decision
Defensive back: Cornerback Doug Wiggins from North Miami Beach is already on campus and is a player who I expect to be the sleeper of the recruiting class. All signs to me are that Wiggins will be a big-timer who will compete for playing time as a true freshman. Miami snagged Jared Campbell from the Washington commitment list as a big, physical safety prospect. Damien Berry from Belle Glade is also on the commit list. This position could also hold 1-2 remaining blockbuster developments as I think there is a great chance that Miami Pace's Demarcus VanDyke, who is committed to Florida, and Homestead High's Joseph Nicolas, committed to Rutgers, flip to Miami in the final days of recruiting. VanDyke is remaining totally silent. Nicolas has steadily been increasing the percentages in Miami's favor.

Athletes: Little Rock (AR) Central High School athlete Charles Clay can do it all, and is a prospect at multiple positions. He visited this past weekend and there is a good chance he becomes a sleeper addition to this class. Clay says the Hurricanes see him starting out at linebacker, and this talented 6-foot-3, 222-pounder with 4.55-second speed is weighing the Canes against Tulsa, Arkansas, Arkansas State and University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. His parents want him to stay closer to home, so there is no telling which way this one will go.

Kickers: There will not be any in this class.

Summary: I think you have to be really impressed with the way that this class has come together, particularly when you look at the fact that it has been done with a skeleton coaching staff. If Miami can land Deonte Thompson, the linebackers, Van Dyke and Nicolas, this soars to one of the top classes in the country, regardless of what the star rankings say. Without those guys, it's a decent class but will trail the Florida Gators by a wide margin for statewide superiority. So strap on your seat belt and get ready for a wild ride these last couple of days.

 02-05-2007, 11:53 AM         #796
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yeah the u was on fire. irving should been made it.

 02-05-2007, 12:25 PM         #797
Hurricane Ra  OP
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February 5, 2007

Gary Ferman, CaneSport Magazine

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Darien (GA) McIntosh County Academy linebacker Allen Bailey is a Hurricane.

He chose the Canes over Florida, with McIntosh County Academy coaches confirming the decision moments ago.

"He came in and told me the decision about an hour ago," McIntosh County Academy coach Robby Robinson said. "He said he really feels comfortable there. He called the Miami coaches, the Florida coaches and informed them. He told Miami he was ready to come and coach (Clint) Hurtt's first reaction was, `Don't play with me now.' He then immediately got coach Shannon (on the phone).

"He said with Randy Shannon promoted to head coach, that had a lot to do with it."

Bailey is a huge piece of this recruiting class.


And a big reason Bailey chose the Canes was Shannon, who recruited him hard.

"He's a cool person, seems real," Bailey said. "When he came to my house we didn't talk about football; he was telling my parents about him and his background and stuff like that."

As a junior Bailey had 121 tackles, five forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and two sacks. He also played fullback and had four touchdowns.

This year Bailey only played in four games due to a stress fracture in his back. He had one sack.

"He's a great one, has great work habits that are second to none," McIntosh County Academy coach Robbie Robinson said. "He's just relentless."

Bailey has now recovered fully from his stress fracture and is looking forward to getting down to Coral Gables.

"Miami said they want me at middle linebacker," he said. "They told me there's a good chance for me to start because their linebackers are pretty small and they need big linebackers."

The 6-foot-4, 255-pounder says he tries to pattern his play after former Cane Ray Lewis.

"I think I adapt fast to different situations," he says. "My size is a big strength for me right now."

Bailey says, from what he's seen, he feels he can come in and make an immediate impact.

"They can use some help," he said. "They say they need me."

CaneSport recently reported on the unique island where Bailey was born and raised. For more on that story CLICK HERE

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big pick up right there
hopefully we wrap it up with that DT from Hoover and DVD!!

 12 years ago '04        #799
Cap Peeler 7 heat pts
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Alright now lets get that season started!!! ! Let's fu*king blow Oklahoma out of their own backyard and dem bi*ch n*ggas from FSU and about everybody we play next season!!!!! !and get dat National Championship. fu*k UF and all their sh*t, it's all bout this U

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Allen Bailey highlights...



he's a heat-seeking missile, look at how quickly he closes in on tackles...how he blows up the fullback and blockers...

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